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What’s Happening at Beth El Temple

MondayMon, 19 AprApril, 2021

Musical Chat with Cantor Joseph Ness

Monday, Apr 19th 1:00p to 2:00pCantor Ness is back with this very popular class, but instead of weekly, we'll meet twice a month. Cantor leads a discussion on various aspects of Jewish music, both culturally and liturgically; a link to the music will be provided before class. For access details, please contact Lydia Lutt (


MondayMon, 19 AprApril, 2021

Hartford Theater During the Time of COVID

Monday, Apr 19th 8:00p to 9:00pPlease join the leaders of our three Hartford theaters for a panel discussion on challenges each has faced in producing shows over the past year (selecting plays, casting actors, producing and charging for "virtual” theater), their very tentative plans for reopening and how this past year may change how theater works going forward. Panelists will include: -Melia Bensussen, Artistic Director, Hartford Stage -Tracy Flater, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Playhouse on Park -taneisha duggan, Artistic Producer, TheaterWorks Hartford The moderator will be Chuck Coursey, Principal and President at Coursey & Company. Chuck, former Deputy Mayor of Town of West Hartford, is a founding Vice President of West Hartford’s Playhouse on Park and involved in many civic and cultural initiatives.


TuesdayTue, 27 AprApril, 2021

So You Want to Talk About Race

Tuesday, Apr 27th 8:00p to 9:00pJoy Wright, Principal of King Philip Middle School, will facilitate a discussion of the NY Times bestseller, "So You Want to Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo. This is a continuation of BET's conversation about antiracism and unconscious bias. "In this breakout book, Ijeoma Oluo explores the complex reality of today's racial landscape--from white privilege and police brutality to systemic discrimination and the Black Lives Matter movement--offering straightforward clarity that readers need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divide. [T]his book is much-needed and timely. It is more than a primer on racism. It is a comprehensive conversation guide." - National Review of Books Click here for more information and to register.


SaturdaySat, 8 MayMay, 2021

Mazel Tots

Shabbat, May 8th 11:00a to 12:00pMazel Tots is the spot for kiddos on Shabbat mornings! Enjoy songs, prayers and stories. This program is geared for children from birth through kindergarten with their parents, but all are welcome. Click here to register!


WednesdayWed, 12 MayMay, 2021

Men's Club Presents: Program on Security & Annual Meeting

Wednesday, May 12th 8:00p to 9:30pWe invite you to join us for a Zoom program with Brian Foley, Exec. Assistant to the Department of Emergency Service and Public Protection (DESPP) Commissioner. Previously, he was Chief Investigative Reporter for Fox61. Before that, he served on Hartford's Police Department for more than 23 years, retiring from law enforcement in 2018. As the Chief of Detectives for the department, he oversaw all criminal investigations, from fraud to homicide, in the Investigative Services Bureau. Brian Foley’s presentation will focus on security. All Men’s Club members are requested to attend this presentation and remain on for the Annual Membership Meeting portion of the program starting at 9:00pm, where we’ll have elections for next year’s board members.


SaturdaySat, 15 MayMay, 2021

Shabbat Club

Shabbat, May 15th 11:00a to 12:00pOur Shabbat Club makes it cool for kids @shul. Songs, prayers, stories, games and more for kids in grades 1-5. (Registration required & limited to first 15 students. Social distancing protocols will be in effect, and all over the age of five must wear a mask at all times.) Click here to register!


FridayFri, 21 MayMay, 2021

Shababa Outdoors!

Friday, May 21st 6:00p to 7:00pShababa is a fun, engaging “service” for our youngest generation. All children ~8 and under (and their siblings, parents, and grandparents) are welcome to experience the joy of Shabbat with dancing, singing, stories, prayers and a free chicken nugget dinner. Join Rabbi Ilana Garber in this free monthly program – part of our early childhood education.


SundaySun, 23 MayMay, 2021

Beth El Music & Arts Concert: Great Artists Series

Sunday, May 23rd 8:00p to 9:00pBEMA proudly presents two phenomenal musicians: classical violinist Rolf Schulte and pianist James Winn. -Robert Schumann: Drei Fantasiestücke Op. 73 (1849) -Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Piano & Violin No. 2 in A major Op. 100 -Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 (“Kreutzer”)


ThursdayThu, 27 MayMay, 2021

Spiritual Living in Tumultuous Times

Thursday, May 27th 8:00p to 9:00pEven as we tentatively emerge from the year of COVID, we may still feel weary, beleaguered and frightened by the state of our country and our world. In the midst of so much conflict, change, hate and anger, it is very difficult to sustain ourselves in healthy ways, not to mention discern how to make a difference in our lives. In this interactive session, we will explore middot/qualities of soul that can support us in living healthy, sacred and productive lives in challenging times. Rabbi Amy Eilberg is the first woman ordained as a Conservative rabbi by the JTS. She serves as a peace and justice educator, spiritual director, and kindness coach, and is nationally known for her work in these areas and in Jewish healing.


SaturdaySat, 5 JunJune, 2021

Mazel Tots

Shabbat, Jun 5th 11:00a to 12:00pMazel Tots is the spot for kiddos on Shabbat mornings! Enjoy songs, prayers and stories. This program is geared for children from birth through kindergarten with their parents, but all are welcome. Click here to register!


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